Having sat on various first aid courses and having been a first aid instructor for a number of years it started to feel like we were very much doing the same thing over and over again.
Technology was changing, the emergency services were changing, healthcare as a whole was changing. But the ‘first aid course’ felt like it was stuck, trapped in a syllabus that didn’t always match the real world.
Some instructors, and we like to think we include ourselves here, regularly update their content and try to make it as relevant as possible.
But still it felt like it was time for a slightly different approach to first aid, a time for strong evidence based medicine and a time for a progressive training system which allowed people to develop. It’s also clear that the healthcare system in the UK has changed and we need to reflect that in the way we teach first aid.
This is when we discovered that The ATACC Group led by Medical Director Dr Mark Forrest and renowned for their ATACC their advanced trauma course, was launching a suite of a training courses including a one day ‘first aid’ course. The courses have already been adopted by numerous UK Emergency Services.
We were lucky enough to be a student on a Emergency First Aid Trauma & Casualty Care course (FTACC) and it was a revelation.
The course wasn’t: ‘death by powerpoint’, it wasn’t a case of the instructor telling yarns and it wasn’t irrelevant.
The course was: exciting, it felt like a series of Ted style talks woven together, it was relevant to real life scenarios you might actually see in the real world and it was based on real evidence based medicine. The course also included well illustrated, accurate video scenarios for us to discuss. Not over dramatic, not overly gory but quality moulage and quality scenarios.
The other element we particularly liked was the FTACC Check Cards – a simple to follow, easy to understand guide. The check cards give you simple reminders of what to check for and then advice on where your casualty should go. Not every first aid situation needs a 999 call, and the check cards gives a normal every day person the confidence to make the choice between 999, a GP, or some simple first aid steps.
We see advice from the emergency services about only ringing 999 when we really need to and now we have simple to follow first aid advice that mirrors that.
FTACC also forms part of The ATACC Group’s Integrated Emergency Care Programme (IECP) which allows you to progress your skills from one day first aider up through the system up to the ATACC Course giving students a clear progression ladder.
We’re proud to say that here at Square Knot we fell for the ATACC approach and we’re now officially signed up as an ATACC Professional Partner delivering the 1 day and 3 day FTACC courses which meet and exceed the specified guidelines set by the Health & Safety Executive and meets the standard defined by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care for B level providers.